Mic Pre and Compressor

Hi Folks,

Many people have this question of using a Hardware compressor or a software compressor in their recording chain. 

Mic Pre & Compressor

Well, it all depends on how you want to record in your DAW. Remember, mostly your MicPre signal is recorded dry in your Signal path straight into your DAW without any processing. What we all do in the insert are all POST work not PRE.  So if you want your compressor to act during the recording stage, you will need a Hardware Compressor in your chain like your old school console style of tracking (Recording). 

But be sure of the correct settings in your compressor before you hit the RECORD button! Later, this take cannot be UN-DONE! 

One Simple TIP which i do during Recording:

  1. Record MIC 1 directly using your PREAMP straight into your DAW
  2. Recording MIC 2 using the Hardware COMPRESSOR and then to your DAW

By doing this, you will have 2 audio Tracks, so that you can blend or decide which you want in your Project.


Good Headphones for Recording

Good Headphones for Recording

Hi folks,

Many of my friends ask me a common question when they walk into my studio. “Which one is a good Headphones for Recording?”

My goto answer is Sennheiser HD280 Pro for recording in the Studio. Not because I am using! Its because this type of headphones are called CLOSED PACK Headphones for session recordings. It holds your ears very tightly and cancels your external noise entering your headphones and also mainly prevents headphones leakage into your mic. So this is very popularly used in many studios.

Also I recommend replacing the Headphones EAR PADS as they get dirty and worn out of heavy usage, check these photos which shows damaged ear pads and replaced with new ones which can be done ourselves.

damaged-earpads hd-280-pro hd-280-headphones hd-280-pro

Voice over Recording

Voice over Recording

Recording a Voice over for video, short film. E-book or a documentary is challenge for a sound engineer. Rather than focusing on Mic Pre’s and which plugins to use for the Voice chain, It is more important to concentrate creating a comfortable ambience for the voice over artistes. Here are some simple points follow to record a good voice over.

  1. Have enough well lit light for the artiste
  2. Place the mic steady so that it does not cover the Script
  3. You can use a condenser mic or even a Dynamic mic for Voice over
  4. Keep a bottle of water for the artiste and make them comfortable

Following these simple tasks we can achieve great results in our recording voice for any purpose. Here are some of my goto plugins for an voice over.

  • Avid’s EQ7 stock plugin – to filter out the LF from the room
  • Avid’s Dyn3 Compressor – to maintain at a constant level
  • Avid’s Desser – to remove the HF “Esses” from the words if its really hitting your ears!

Here is my studio setup for typical Voice over recording. For recording your Voice over, Please call 9884145966 or if you want to learn the art of Recording Voice,  call us at 9884145966 or email at babalkp@gmail.com

DSC_0038 Mic Voice Over setup

Vocal Microphone Technique


Hi there,

Many people ask me this common question. Which is the best mic for Vocal Recording? This is one of the tough question to answer them!

I always tell them the same thing which i teach here for my students. Whether you use a normal Dynamic mic or a Condenser mic with a basic audio interface, its fully dependent on the ROOM you record. That’s the BIG SECRET. Any condenser mic can receive from 20Hz to 20 KHz right… So it means it can capture almost everything we hear in the place were its placed! so many starters, bedroom studio owners etc., tell that they receive external noise, its too boomy, its picking my traffic sound, birds sounds etc…

neumann condensor mic


YES, this is true! How can this be solved? How to get a broadcast sound studio quality sound even with your Shure SM58? Do I require a high end mic pre like Neve, API or SSL?

Dynamic mic

All can be done by just using a Dynamic mic or a basic condenser mic and just buy using your basic audio interface.

If you wanted to know more about on how to record Vocie over, Vocal recording for a song etc or do voice dubbuing for a short film etc. Join our recording Course now. Contact 9884145966 or email us at babalkp@gmail.com

Hardware vs Plugins

There is still a lot of us get confused whether Hardware is better sounding or Software plugins is better. Well, to my experience, both have their own pros and cons. To put it simple, investing for an hardware Compressor, EQ or  Mic-Pre is costly when compared to a plugin. But hardware has its beauty of adding its own color or tone value to our modern digital recording converters.

Analog Recording

Those old school recording studios still use analogue EQ’s, Compressor’s, reverb etc., and they all add great sounding tone to the final mix even though they are mixed finally in the DAW like Avid Protools.

Whereas investing for a Plugins are always cheaper and portable and does not include any physical wiring! They simulate the tone from the original model of the hardware processing unit and adds rich tone to your mix in your DAW. However, still many people feel that you tweak the knobs only using your mouse or controller etc and don’t get the feel of touching the real hardware box.


Final thoughts:

  • Hardware has its own color and tone
  • Software plugins is portable and updates are easier
  • Hardware outboard gear requires wiring
  • Software plugins can be inserted in many channels depending on the DAW capacity
  • Mixing on both hardware and software is way called Hybrid mixing in today’s modern world, you get the best of both side.

If you like to learn more about mixing in the Box (ITB), join our Audio Mixing and Mastering course. Call 9884145966 or Email at babalkp@gmail.com

Protools 7 band EQ and Compressor plugin

Hi there,

Well, most of the home studio users or starters on Avid Protools(DAW) have a misunderstanding of the Avid Stock Plugins. In my career as a sound engineer for the past 15 years, I have been using these two best Protools 7-band EQ and the Compressor for years and have used them on various type of tracks etc.

As i say that there are no fixed rules in your mixing, at the end of the day, it how you used them on your tracks for the mix.

7 Band EQ Avid Protools

7 Band EQ Avid Protools

This EQ can do a lot more faster and its notch filter is very powerful and efficient. Mainly its because the way the graph which is displayed is too user friendly from 20Hz to 20 KHz, with an Hi Pass filer and a LP Filter. This is not only an 7-band EQ but also a Phase Flip Button on the top left corner which is very handy, and the most final important point is that it occupies very minimal on your RAM & CPU  usage when you handle large sessions.

Compressor Avid Protools

Compressor Avid Protools

This is my favourite goto plugin compressor in my most sessions. Its fast,  easy to adjust and most is the display of the Gain Reduction Meter which helps us to read things faster. It also has a built-in Side Chain compression feature to use it effectively on your mix session. This also uses very minimal RAM & CPU usage.

If you wanted to know now to mix your sessions and know all the full details of EQ and Compression Techniques, Join our Mixing and Mastering Class now.

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I know you would have watched many YouTube videos and blogs to see how to mix drums, vocals etc., but still does not sound tight and punchy like those PRO engineer’s mix. So you just open your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and start inserting your plugins etc with some Presets and follow YouTube videos to match the levels but does not work!

At last feel so frustrated and never feel like finishing the song or mix the song for 10 times using Trial and Error method!

Join now if you wanted to:

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